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Eastbourne Pier Fire Update

Posted 29th April 2015 At 3:15pm on Wednesday 30th July 2014, a most beautiful summers day in Eastbourne, no one could have have predicted what was about to happen.  The beaches and promenades were full with holiday makers and visitors.... a normal high summers day in the idyllic setting that Eastbourne is.  Suddenly the first plumes of smoke...more info

Summer happenings in Eastbourne

Posted 14th April 2015 So.. you are still undecided about your summer break away this year!  Well, whilst updating the 'What's On' section of our website it dawned on us just how much is actually happening on our doorstep this summer!  So much just a hop, skip and a jump away.  To prove this theory, we have highlighted some of our favourite...more info

The 'Swinging 60s' and a New Outdoor Pool!

Posted 2nd April 2015 The 'swinging 60's' arrive with an outdoor swimming pool at the Grand In the early 1960's the General Manager of the Grand was a chap called  Mr Dick Beattie.  He had big plans and ideas to further develop the now established Grand.  Moving forward is important to all hotels and he was very aware of the influence of the...more info

The Elite Experience

Posted 23rd March 2015 An Elite Experience! Here at the Grand, and indeed Elite Hotels, one of our main priorities has always been the training of all our matter where they work within the hotel.  Everyone is just as important and has a vital role to play when looking after our guests. One training course in particular requires staff...more info

140 Years The Grand and famous guests

posted 6th March 2015 As part of our year long celebration of reaching the 'Grand' old age of 140, we have been looking back to find some interesting facts about our wonderful hotel.  Last time we looked at what Eastbourne was like at the time of the hotel opening, this time we focus on some of the famous guests who have stayed with us. As you...more info

What a GEM!

posted  4th March 2015 Back in September 2012 our parent Company, Elite Hotels introduced a new scheme specifically to champion outstanding staff in each of their four hotels. The scheme is called the GEM Awards.. GEM standing for 'Going the Extra Mile' and any staff member can be nominted by a guest, fellow colleague or Manager in their own...more info

140 Years of The Grand Hotel

140 Years ago and the dawn of the Grand in Eastbourne posted 19th February 2015 2015 marks an incredible milestone for the Grand in Eastbourne, an amazing 140 years have passed since the doors were opened on this magnificent hotel.  Way back in 1875 things were quite different to the life we know today!  At this time Great Britain was expanding...more info

26.4 miles and counting!

26.4miles and counting…… The Beachy Head Marathon posted 4th November 2014 As Manager of the Grand Health Club and Spa I like to think I am fairly fit! But having had a bit of a break from long distance running I decided this was a good year to run a marathon again and what better than the spectacular and very challenging Beachy Head marathon in...more info

A french connection at the Grand

Posted 23rd September 2014 A little insight into our Assistant Food and Beverage Manager - Marine Fournier We thought it might be fun and informative if we talk a little about some of our staff here at the Grand.  All have facinating stories of how and why they came to work with us.... This time around we have Marine Fournier..... here is her...more info

Wedding Day thanks from Helen & Stu

Posted 16th September 2014 Wedding Day thanks from Helen & Stu Stu and I have just returned from honeymoon and are still buzzing from our big day at the Grand on 23rd August 2014 and wanted to write down a huge thank you to the whole team for making our weddng day, the best day of our lives. A special thank you to Claire, Elliott and Tom. ...more info

Thirteen Years lucky for the LMP

Posted 3rd September 2014 Do you need a lift to avoid the February blues next year?  Why not consider joining the happy group of people who will be making a bee-line for the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne from Friday 6th February until Sunday the 8th, for their London Mozart Players Weekend..... Read our latest blog from Jenny Brady, Concerts Coordinator...more info

My Grand written by Iris aged 8

Posted 19th August 2014 Things that remind me of the Grand Hotel!  A Bear mascot called Claude, a Big swimming pool and jacuzzi inside and a big pool outside.  Breakfast with lots of choice!  The beach across the road...wear your summer clothes!  The spa and sauna if you are stressed out!  The creche to do art, play on the wii, treasure hunts and...more info

Busman's Holiday!

posted 11th August 2014 I have worked at the Grand for 14 years, for the past 11 as Business Development Manager, spending my days promoting this wonderful hotel to big corporate companies and trying to convince them that the hotel is a perfect destination for a company conference or event.   Since having my 2 children, juggling work and home life...more info

Healthy Ambitions

Thanks to Zara Baker, Press, Media and Publications Officer at Sussex Downs Collegeposted 29th July 2014 Four Sussex Downs College students land dream jobs in Eastbourne, showing that life after college is truly grand! Proving that college courses are successfully preparing students for the real working world, four Sussex Downs College Beauty...more info

Our Special day at 'The White Palace'

posted 13th June 2014 Our Special Day at the 'White Palace' Marion and I had our Civil Partnership at the Grand on Friday 30th May this year.  The Grand made it a magical fairytale day come true.  Gabriela, Elliott, Bar/waiting staff, housekeeping, concierge and reception made us feel so special and welcome. The Grand recommended Peter Prior our...more info

Grand 'Egg-travaganza'

Posted 25th April 2014 Every year Chef Keith Mitchell and his Pastry Team set themselves a task to produce a most 'eggcellent' Easter Egg to be displayed in the Garden Restaurant over the Easter weekend for all our guests to enjoy... young and old.  This year was no exception! The only difference was the sheer size of it!  Weighing in at a...more info

Happy 25th Birthday to the Mirabelle

Posted 9th April 2014 In 1989 Peter Hawley, the General Manager of the Grand at the time was given £400,000 to establish another restaurant, this was prompted by a warning from the AA that the hotel might lose it’s five-star status if it could not offer guests the choice of two restaurants!.  The task was on to create what we have come to know...more info

Chefs Christmas shopping list!

Posted 3rd December 2013 At a time when we are all putting together our own Christmas food shopping list, we thought it might be fun to ask our Executive Head Chef, Keith Mitchell what his list is like to make sure he has plenty of food to feed the 200 guests booked to stay for the 4 day House Party this year! In addition to the 400kg of...more info

Hotel review with a Dr Who twist!

Posted 29th November 2013 We are always delighted to welcome journalists to the Grand and this one was no exception.  Kelly from ParentingSolo came with her 10 year old William to sample the delights of 'England's only 5 Star Seaside Hotel' last weekend.   We thought you might like a read of their experiences.   Here at the Grand we run a staff...more info

Eastbourne Youth Radio & Chef Gerald Roser

Posted 26th November 2013 Every year Eastbourne Youth Radio (EYR) 87.7FM, a project involving hundreds of young people from across the Eastbourne area broadcast a 3 day spectacular run entirely by the students.  This year was no exception with over 25 schools and colleges taking part.  Each learning centre picked their own topic and got an hour...more info

Philip Bedford wedding photographer

Posted 6th November 2013 Delighted to be offering up another wonderful blog from a talented local photographer... this time it's Philip Bedford who provides the stunning images of David and Lauren's wedding here at the Grand in August.  We are just loving the balloons! Thanks again Philip and hope you all enjoy the read.......   Click here to...more info

Downton-on-Sea Weddings

Posted 30th October 2013 A big thank you to our friend and preferred supplier, wedding photographer extraordinaire... Peter Prior for his lovely blog and images of a recent wedding at The Grand for Marc and Rebecca. Marc and Rebecca wanted a 'Downton' theme and that is what they managed to achieve... and in such style. Enjoy the read...more info

Spice Evening 3 with Cyrus Todiwala

posted 5th September 2013 ‘The Incredible Spiceman’ came......... The excitement had been building for months ahead of last nights Spice Evening 3 with Cyrus Todiwala in the Mirabelle Restaurant here at the Grand. Chef Todiwala is an old pal of our own Executive Chef Gerald Röser, so when it was suggested 6 years ago they get together and cook an...more info Blog

Would like to say a big thank you to our wedding partners for their recent blog.  Our wedding co ordinator Claire loved answering the questions put to her...... hope you enjoy the read more info

Lady Taverners Summer Lunch

Posted 24th July 2013 On Wednesday 19th June the Grand played host to the 11th Lady Taverners Kent & East Sussex Summer Luncheon.  This all sounds very sedate doesn't it!.... Not quite so!  180 girls descended on the hotel (with just a hint of a couple of rather brave men) for their annual lunch, entertainment and fund raising. It has become...more info

Alex Rumble - Employee of the Year!

posted 11th April 2013 From part-time waiter to Employee of the Year! When Alex Rumble took a part-time job at the hotel he had little idea that it would lead to a long-term career.  However, just over a year since being appointed the hotel's Conference & Banqueting Supervisor he has been named Employee of the Year. Alex, who comes from...more info

Barberellaaaa Blog

Posted 14th January 2013 We were delighted when we spotted this lovely blog on twitter this morning!  Barberellaaa attended a slightly different style of wedding here at the Grand over the weekend!! The Bride and Groom had a blessing in one of our ceremony rooms followed by a very traditional Afternoon Tea with  Shelley van Loen and the Palm Court...more info

Ramblings from a Sussex Mummy

Posted 14th December 2012 Here at the Grand Hotel Spa it is always a delight when guests contact us to say how much they enjoyed their day with us!  This comes in various forms from telephone calls to texts and e-mails!  Our latest one came via twitter with a link to a lovely blog from @SussexMummy who came to visit late November...  we thought...more info

The Grand Staff 'Claims to Fame'!

'Claim to Fame' moments from around the Grand! Posted 6th December 2012 With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we might have a little festive fun and ask all our staff if they had a 'Claim to Fame' they might like to share!  Obviously working at England's only 5 Star Seaside Hotel, many examples have been during working hours!.......more info

An award winning bear.... that's me!

Posted 16th November 2012 As you know, I don't generally like to 'blow my own trumpet' but I must confess to being ever so slightly chuffed when I was told a couple of weeks ago that I had been nominated for my first ever award!  What a great feeling to be nominated for doing something you just love to do....for me that's travelling of course....more info

Claude The Grand's travelling Bear !

A potted history of Claude... the Grand travelling bear! Posted 2nd November 2012 Hi there!  I'm Claude and I think I have the best job in the world.  So what do I do I hear you ask?.... Well I am the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne's travelling bear! Let me explain some more.... About two years ago I was picked from all the 'Grand Bear' hopefuls that...more info

Ben and Sarah Jane's wedding

Posted 14th September Big thank you to Ben, Sarah Jane and Andrea Sarlo for allowing us to use the splendid images from their wedding here last weekend.  Congratulations from all at The Grand and some stunning lasting images too.....  Click on the link more info

Clocking up the Years

Posted 23rd August 2012 This Tuesday just gone (21st Aug) we at the Grand celebrated another Long Service lunch.  This is an Elite Hotels tradition and all staff of 5 years or more service are eligible.  Always a popular event, this year was no exception!  I thought you might be interested in some 'facts and figures' surrounding this special event...more info

News from the Grand Kitchens!

Announcement of Success... Posted 13th August 2012 I am delighted to report the news that Oliver Smith has passed his 3 year Specialised Chef's Apprenticeship with Distinction. This Apprenticeship is run in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College and the Academy of Culinary Arts. Oli is the first apprentice at the Grand to have achieved a...more info

A Mini Break at The Grand

Posted 15th June 2012 Well I picked the right weekend. A couple of weeks ago, the better half and I headed down to the coast for a mini break away from the norm of life in South west London.  We opted for the bus to Clapham Junction and the train from there on to Eastbourne.  I am sorry to say this, but I must admit that I thought Eastbourne had...more info

A Beachscape Photographer's Paradise!

Eastbourne is rather unique in several ways, one of which is its amazing suitability for Beachscape photography. As many will know, the best conditions for photography are taken in the light, known as the 'golden hour'...just before sunrise and similarly before sunset. Most locations offer scenery that is suitable for one but not the other...more info

What is a Grand Wedding like?

Slightly different angle for today's blog. Gail and Gavin had their wedding celebrations with us in December and very kindly agreed to take part in a case study for our latest newsletter... So we thought you might be interested to have a read too. Tables named after rugby players, personalised menu cards, snowflakes and an Elvis impersonator all...more info

Triathlon here we come!...

Well, it is that time of year again! And if, like me, you have maybe slightly overeaten, over indulged and have a waist that feels a little like Santa's now is the time to get back on track! The trick is to have a goal to aim for! For me it's a Triathlon. I was training one of my Personal Training clients in the gym here at the Grand and we...more info

All I want for Christmas...

I was recently asked by a client what my perfect Christmas presents would be - using the new products and treatments now available in the Grand Spa'.. All I want for Christmas is the amazing Kerstin Florian Neroli Water to hold and seal my make-up in place whilst I rush through the stores looking for Christmas presents for the family; the girls...more info

Not a Bridezilla in sight!

Meeting all the couples arriving at the recent Wedding Showcase here at The Grand took me back a decade or so when I was the one getting excited about the prospect of holding my own special day at this wonderful 'wedding cake of an hotel' ! The blushing brides to be, (hand in hand with their fiancees) still fumbling with their engagement rings...more info

The Twelve months of Christmas..

With just over seven weeks until Christmas, most preparations are already in hand here at the Grand, I am reminded that thoughts and plans for this special time continue throughout a hotel year. In the first week of January, we aim to rebook successful festive bands for 11 months hence. Also in January we have a debrief meeting with all Managers...more info

A Grand Wedding Showcase

Twice a year we host our own Grand Wedding showcase day. We have tried it on various days during the week but feel that a Sunday seems to be the best choice. So we open our doors to all from 10am - 3pm. All our banqueting rooms are specifically set up as if a wedding is about to take place, ensuring everyone visiting sees just how beautiful they...more info

The Mirabelle Wedding Experience

Now this is fairly new to the Grand and already we have had a some bookings, so obviously a popular alternative to a 'big do' The Mirabelle as I am sure you know is our fine dining restaurant here at the Grand and the kitchen is awarded with 2 AA Rosettes. But it can also be hired out for what we think is the Ultimate venue for a small wedding!...more info

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